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Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

Animal Close Encounters

It’s a pretty wild world out there – and we bring you the wonder of it. Meet animals daily – you never know who you’ll see. 12pm daily.

Discover Wild Wonders

Animals Daily
Interact with keepers and animals, like a king vulture, tamandua or aardvark daily at 12pm.
Watch Ruby the Hornbill Train
Wild Zoo Tour
Walk on the wild side.
Grab your phone or camera and your household and tour the zoo before we open! This unique Zoo For You experience gets you prime animal time, ending with a special animal encounter at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater.
Zoo For You
Keeper Life
Lots of training involved.
What's it like to be a zookeeper at Wild Wonders? Well, there's a lot of training, every day - plus some very cool animals. Read the blog story to find out!
Zookeeper Life: Jessie

Meet the animal ambassadors!


Protecting Wildlife

Saved from extinction.

THE THREAT: Some of our animal ambassadors in the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater are from species that are threatened in the wild: bald eagles, Canada lynx, clouded leopard.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that humans can help save animal species. We brought bald eagles back from the brink of extinction. We can save others.

Wild Stories

First healthy armadillo pup born at zoo

Southern three-banded armadillos Vespa and Scooter welcomed a female pup into the world in late October, making them both first-time parents. The pup is the first healthy armadillo pup born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in its 116-year history. “She is healthy and the perfect little replica of her parents,” said the zoo’s head … Continued

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Meerkat Stocking Surprise

’Twas the month before Christmas and inside Kids’ Zone, The meerkats received a surprise of their own; A stocking was hung on the rock wall with care, But the one on the ground was a different affair! The keepers had filled it with fat mealworm treats – (a favorite food for all meerkats to eat) … Continued

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Mourning Kirana

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium staff are mourning the loss of Kirana, a female  Sumatran tiger who died this morning after experiencing severe injuries during a breeding introduction as part of a plan to help save her endangered species. Six-year-old Kirana sustained life-threatening injuries from Raja, the zoo’s two-year-old male Sumatran tiger. A necropsy, or … Continued

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Other Animal Ambassadors
Get to know all the animals that live at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater! Find the full list here.